Living on her own terms

When Marissa was 16, her mother’s boyfriend tried to make a pass at her. Her mother did not want to believe her and feared any confrontation with him. After Marissa rejected him, he was determined to make her life difficult. She was trapped in her home for days unable to leave except to go to [...]

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A joyful Christmas for Marie

Marie was a conscientious teenager and an excellent student, but her aunt she lived with would constantly berate her for carelessness and scold her for her disappointing behaviour.

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Coming home again

In Ethan’s childhood home, it was as if all his family members fought for centre stage as they played out their struggles. He needed to grow up quickly to meet the high emotional needs, but there was no room for his own.

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Coming into her own

When Macy’s dad left, her mom changed. Her dad had been physically abusive and critical to Macy as a small child, but when he left, it did not get much easier. Angry, disappointed and overworked, her mom barely spoke to her except to yell.

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Working for her father’s approval

Since a young age, Nadia was forced to work in her father’s Toronto bakery every day until late in the evening while he hurled insults and commands. Her confidence was shattered by his constant putdowns, and she had no time for friends or homework.

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